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  1. What are the entry qualifications for the 2019 HKDSE?

    School Candidates –

    Only bona fide Secondary 6 students of registered schools approved for participation in the 2019 HKDSE may be entered as school candidates. The students must be studying at the registered address of the schools.

     

    Private Candidates –

    A person may enter for the 2019 HKDSE as a private candidate provided he/she has satisfied one of the following requirements:

    (a) Sat the previous Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) or an equivalent examination, or

    (b) Reached the age of 19 by 1 January 2019, or

    (c) Completed or is currently pursuing a non-HKDSE curriculum equivalent to Secondary 6 in the year preceding the Examination.

    The Authority may consider applications from persons possessing other qualifications or pleading special circumstances. Persons who have sat other public examinations are expected to demonstrate a suitable level of competence in the same subject(s) entered for the Examination and may be required to provide supporting documents from their schools, if applicable. Persons who are currently pursuing an HKDSE curriculum will not normally be considered for special entry to the Examination. Exceptional cases may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Applications under this regulation must be made in writing to the Secretary General before 8 October 2018.

     

     

     

  2. What subjects does the September registration of the 2019 HKDSE cover?

    The September registration covers:

    • Category A – 24 Senior Secondary subjects
    • Category B – 35 Applied Learning subjects (for school candidates only)
      (Remark: The June series examinations of the Category C (Other Languages) subjects has ceased to be offered starting from the 2018 HKDSE. Hence, only the November series is offered. Registration for the Category C subjects November 2018 series has been closed on 9 July 2018.)

     

     

     

  3. When will the September registration be accepted?

    Registration of school candidates and private candidates is accepted from 12 September 2018 to 8 October 2018. All entries of school candidates must be approved by and made through the school via the Registration System at the HKDSE Examination Online Services .

    Private candidates are required to submit their application via the HKDSE Examination Online Services during the registration period.

    For more registration details, please check out the HKEAA website.

     

     

  4. Can a private candidate enter for a subject which requires laboratory/workshop facilities such as Biology or Chemistry in the 2019 HKDSE?

    A private candidate may enter for a subject which requires laboratory/workshop facilities (i.e. Biology / Chemistry / Physics / Combined Science / Integrated Science / Technology and Living) only if the candidate can produce evidence of having sat the subject in a previous HKDSE or in an equivalent public examination, or having completed or is currently pursuing the study of the subject up to the HKDSE / an level equivalent level to the HKDSE in the year preceding the Examination. [Notwithstanding this provision, the Authority will not accept entries from private candidates for Design and Applied Technology.]

     

     

  5. Some Category A subjects have an SBA component. Are private candidates required to complete the SBA part?

    For Category A subjects with an SBA component, private candidates are not required to complete the SBA component of the subjects entered (except Visual Arts). Their subject marks will be based entirely on their public examination results. For Visual Arts in which the SBA component carries a weighting of 50%, they will be required to submit a portfolio in lieu of the SBA.

     

     

  6. Are school candidates who repeat S6 in schools required to complete the SBA part as required in some of the Category A subjects?

    School repeaters have to submit their SBA marks for S6. As they are under their teacher's guidance and curriculum time is provided for completing their SBA tasks, they are expected to complete their assessment work during the repeating year in accordance with their school’s S6 requirements.

    For more information on SBA, please check out the HKEAA website .

     

     

  7. Are school candidates who repeat S6 in schools required to complete the SBA part as required in some of the Category A elective subjects which the schools do not offer?

    School candidates who repeat Secondary 6 in schools have to be re-assessed in S6 and meet the SBA requirements of the respective subjects entered. If the schools do not offer the elective subject(s) that the candidates wish to re-take in the examination, the candidates may apply for exemption from the SBA for the particular subject(s). The candidates’ subject result will be based entirely on their public examination result (see also Regulation 7.9). This special exemption does not apply to the core subjects – Chinese Language, English Language and Liberal Studies. Application for exemption must be submitted to the Authority on or before 12 September 2018.

    For more information on SBA, please check out the HKEAA website .

     

     

  8. Can school candidates who repeat S6 in schools retake the same Category B Applied Learning (ApL) subject(s) which they have taken in the 2018 HKDSE in the 2019 HKDSE?

    An S6 repeater may re-take the same ApL subject(s) as a school candidate in the 2019 HKDSE with the support of the course provider(s) concerned, subject to the proviso that the Y2 ApL assessment results to be submitted to the HKEAA for moderation should form at least 50% of the subject total. Schools should register these candidates for the ApL subjects as well as other subjects via the Registration System within the registration period.

    For more information on ApL, please check out the HKEAA website .

     

  9. How can I settle the examination fee for the September registration?

    The Legislative Council has approved a financial commitment for paying examination fees for eligible school candidates sitting for the 2019 HKDSE as a one-off measure, hence school candidates need not pay the examination fees (except for supplementary fees, if any).

    Private candidates may choose to pay the examination fee online by credit card or by downloading a Demand Note and making the payment at any 7-Eleven or Circle K convenience stores in Hong Kong, via PPS or via internet banking.

    Private candidates should pay all examination fees by 11:59 pm on 15 October 2018 for the September registration. If a candidate fails to settle the examination fee by the above deadline, a supplementary fee of HK$258 will be charged. The payment of examination fee and supplementary fee must be made by cash or EPS in person or via an authorised representative at the HKEAA Southorn Centre office (Address: 12/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) between 16 October 2018 and before 5:30 pm on 22 October 2018. A copy of the Demand Note must be produced at the time of payment at the HKEAA office. Payment after 22 October 2018 will not be accepted and the candidate’s registration entry for the Examination will be cancelled.

    For more details about the payment methods, candidates may download the “Instructions for Payment of Examination Fees” from the HKEAA website or from the HKDSE Examination Online Services .

     

  10. The barcode printed on my Demand Note could not be scanned successfully when I made my payment at a 7-Eleven or Circle K convenience store. What should I do?

    The scanning failure may be due to the printing quality of the Demand Note. You may print the Demand Note again using another printer. Or you may come to the HKEAA Southorn Centre office (Address: 12/F, Southorn Centre, 130 Hennessy Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong) to apply for a copy of your Demand Note.

     

     

  11. Will I receive an official receipt from the HKEAA after I have made my payment at a 7-Eleven or Circle K convenience store?

    Candidates who have paid their examination fee at a 7-Eleven or Circle K convenience store will receive a receipt from the store. Candidates are advised to keep their Demand Note and the payment receipt properly as their payment record. No receipts will be issued by the HKEAA unless a special request is made by candidates in writing.

    For more details about the September registration of the 2019 HKDSE Examination, please check out the HKEAA website .

     

     

 

 

 

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